Dr Mumba was speaking in Kitwe this morning when the State entered a nolle prosequi (no prosecution) in a case where MMD president Nevers Mumba and seven others were charged with unlawful assembly when they were found driving from Lufwanyama district to visit Chief Shimukunami after earlier visiting Chief Nkana.
The outspoken MMD President said, instead of working to address the problem of garbage in the city centre and the shortage of mealie meal which has led to the increased price of the essential commodity, the PF is busy intimidating the opposition through arrests on trumped up charges.
“State is right to enter a nolle prosequi because the accused had no case, but the Patriotic Front (PF) government was only trying to fight political battles against their perceived rivals at the expense of service delivery.
“Look at the way Kitwe is looking, it is like a Malabo ( a dump site) because PF is not doing its work of service delivery. It is wasting a lot of time arresting the opposition on trumped up charges.
“We don’t want politics of hatred and intimidation, but we want politics of service delivery. Kitwe yalwike kwati ni malabo (dumpsite) because the PF is concentrating on arresting the opposition,” He said.
Dr Mumba advised the PF government to stop politics of intimidation, harassment and hooliganism and concentrate on issues of national development.
He said the PF should concentrate on addressing the problems of heaps of garbage in the city of Kitwe, the shortage and sky rocketing prices of mealie-meal in various parts of the country.
Others were MMD Deputy National Secretary Chembe Nyangu, Copperbelt MMD provincial women chairperson Edith Mataka.
Earlier after the State a nolle prosequi, the defense lawyer made an application for the costs because the accused had incurred a lot of expenses in legal fees and traveling from Lusaka to Kitwe for court sessions.
But, the magistrate dismissed the application, saying the case had not gone very far and so it she would not grant the application to the accused persons.